Friday, January 17, 2014
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Watching Izaak's medical bills pile up has become overwhelming. I rejoined the working world this past August... when I knew we would need money the most. But a prayer was answered when we were told our medical bills would be paid in full through a program at our local children's hospital for Izaak's visit last April. My joy soon turned to disappointment after receiving news that our insurance is declining to pay for further doctor visits... which we have every couple of months to monitor his growth and development. I've since had to cancel appointments, second guessing if we're doing the right thing.
Izaak is 17 months old now and is just now saying words beyond "Momma" and "Da da". He has yet to take his first steps. He has been cruising our kitchen, bathrooms, and living room. I just feel he will do things in his own time and have decided if he's not walking by his 18 month check-up, we may be forced to consider therapy.
Surely he isn't the first to be a late bloomer! Still holding out hope....
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Raising children is by far the toughest job any parent can have. We are responsible for teaching another person manners, responsibility, how to treat others, and the list goes on.
I must say that raising girls has proved to be a challenge. On top of teaching the previously mentioned, teaching girls the basic skills of being a wife and a mother is important, too. But the following article sums up some pretty important things to teach our girls!
I've been forced to think of the times I've gossiped on the phone and said not so nice things about about people....not realizing my girls are watching....and learning!
So...the best advice: Be aware of yourself! I know I'll be more careful with my words!
Thursday, July 25, 2013
At the end of March, I became concerned that my son was able to wear clothing intended for a 3 month old while nearing his 10th month. A close friend of mine suggested that we begin feeding him formula to "fatten" him up. After not seeing any changes, we took our son to the pediatrician. Within days, our son was admitted into into Children's Hospital. In a nutshell...our son stopped growing. All sorts of test were performed and nothing could explain his lack of growth. He has puzzled so many doctors and specialist; however check-up after check-up, test continue to come back negative and our son is well on his way to "Toddlerhood".
As of June 8th (his Daddy's birthday), our son now crawls, has 3 teeth coming in, started using a sippy cup on a whim, and has learned to use (baby) sign language. Watching him improve day by day has filled my heart with warm fuzzies! At times, I have worried that he's falling behind his peers. I've watched friend's post about their babies walking and saying a list of words a mile long....but I know he's just our little man on his own journey to greatness. He WILL grow in his own time and as long as he's healthy....I'm o.k. with that!
Monday, April 29, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
One lesson I'm struggling to get my 12 year old to understand is how to be respectful of her belongings and a shared space.
At the age of 5, I started to notice that my daughter would "tuck away" her belongings in very random places. I'd mostly find her things hiding under her bed, but later discovered that she would stash things in her closet, under the bathroom sink, and even in her toy box. But they weren't items that normally belonged in these places. I suppose I didn't think much of it until we moved as a family for the very first time. Her room looked like a garbage can! I found candy wrappers, broken toys, missing puzzle pieces, and even rocks in every nook and cranny! I wanted to die!
7 years later, I'm still having trouble teaching her that her room isn't where we store trash....and that she should be more respectful of her belongings. Over the past 2 years, she's received some really nice gifts for Christmas and her birthday....high end purses and clothes.....but I often see them flung on the floor and stuffed along the wall beside her bed. I'll make her pick them up, explain to her that that's not how we treat our things only to go back to square one. I must sound like a broken record....but obviously one that's been thrown into a shoe box under the bed! Nothing I'm saying is sinking in. Even her 6 year old sister tells her to clean her side of the room and tells her she shouldn't be allowed to have nice things if she can't take care of them! I just hope her behavior doesn't start to rub off on her little sister.
Although I don't have a clear solution to this problem, I may have to get creative to finally teach her a lesson on respect!
Thursday, January 31, 2013
I admit that I have used teething rings, although, I refrigerate them versus freezing them. And, I do use Baby Orajel Naturals, which is free of benzocaine, belladonna, dyes, and parabens (which is the most widely used preservatives in cosmetic products). Instead, Orajel Naturals uses chamomile for soothing relief., which seems to be safe for children of all ages, unless they are allergic to ragweed.
All of this information can be overwhelming for new moms and for those like me, who are starting over with a newer baby after being out of the "baby loop" for several years. I am by no means a medial professional, so if you do have questions or concerns regarding your baby, it is always best to consult with your family doctor or pediatrician. Here are; however, just a few ideas that I've discovered for myself while trying to relieve my son's aching mouth.
1) Tylenol: Not only does it relieve the pains of teething, but also aids in lowering fever should your baby have one.
2) Cold wash rags: As I mentioned above, I do use teething rings, but refrigerate them instead of freezing them. If your hesitant to use teething rings, or just want a cheaper option, cold wash rags are the way to go. Just soak in cold water and let your little one chew or suck on it for relief.
3) Cold drinks: Assuming that your baby is old enough to drink juice, try offering it in his or her favorite bottle or sippy cup. And don't forget the ice! When placed in a bottle or cup, it makes for a great distraction!
4) Teething pacifiers: There are several to choose from, but these pacifiers offer chewing surfaces and textures to help stimulate and massage sore gums.
5) Soft or squishy baby books: Let's face it....every book your baby comes into contact with, will go into his mouth, but there are books made for especially for this.These types of books are designed with teething nubs or rings (and sometimes both) and are general made from soft cloth. You can also find books made for the bathtub that have waterproof, floating vinyl pages. Both options are great for babies!
In the meantime.....know you aren't the only mom to encounter the teething madness!!